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Arts Education is a Student Right!  

March is Arts Education Month and we’re inspired by CreateCA’s campaign demanding that every student has access to arts education. The Creative Advantage was founded on that premise and over a decade, we’ve made a lot of progress. Here’s to all the teachers, principals, teaching artists, and community partners who… [ Keep reading ]

2024 Grants and Funding Opportunities 

See what funding opportunities we’re offering for 2024 and mark your calendar to apply.

Over 500 Students Attend Creative Economy Career Day 2024

“Youth are the future and creativity is the future,” said Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) Director Gülgün Kayim during her opening remarks at Creative Economy Career Day. On Friday, Feb. 9, more than 500 students were welcomed to McCaw Hall in Seattle Center to attend the sold out… [ Keep reading ]

Gülgün Kayim Sworn In as Director of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Seattle, WA – Today, Gülgün Kayim was sworn in as the Director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS). ARTS staff, wearing Director Kayim’s favorite color as a surprise, crowded the chamber in shades of red, joking that they should arrange themselves from cool to warm tones. This… [ Keep reading ]

2023 Year in Review

As we pause to reflect on the events and work of the last year, I am incredibly grateful to be directing Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and to be surrounded by a dynamic and inspiring team. Despite many challenges and a tremendous amount of change, I’m proud of the… [ Keep reading ]

Youth Arts Grant Open

Artists, arts and cultural organizations, youth-serving agencies and degree-granting institutions are invited to apply for the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Youth Arts (YA) Grant. The Youth Arts grant supports two years of equitable access to arts and cultural learning opportunities for Seattle’s middle and high school-aged youth. The deadline to apply is February 27, 2024, 5PM Pacific.

GZ Radio at Art Beat: Winter Edition

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is partnering with Ground Zero Radio (GZ Radio) to expand and support youth-led artistic programming. GZ Radio is youth-led, building community relationships, and offers career-connected learning programs that empower youth to take ownership of their futures through multimedia.

Hope Corps, Artists at the Center, & Youth Arts Awards for 2023 – 2025

$1.13M for Downtown and Neighborhood Parks Murals, Seattle Center Performances, and Arts and Cultural Experiences for Seattle Youth SEATTLE (October 2) – The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture continues investing in the city’s creative future, awarding $1.13 million to more than 75 local artists and organizations. Through the Hope… [ Keep reading ]

Creative Sector Investments Included in Mayor Harrell’s 2024 Budget Proposal

Amharic | Chinese | Spanish | Somali | Tagalog | Tigrinya | Vietnamese Mayor Harrell’s 2023-2024 Proposed Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustment continues commitment to, and investment in the urgent needs of our communities that advance our One Seattle priorities. Mayor Harrell’s proposal continues work initiated in the 2023 Adopted Budget to invest in creating safe, healthy,… [ Keep reading ]

Summer Interns Reflect on their Time at ARTS

The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) increases youth and young adults’ ability to pursue careers that pay well and are meaningful to them. This year, two interns joined us for six weeks: Bemi Hailu worked with our Partnerships, Education, and Grants team, and Brittney Ramirez-Osorio worked with our Communications team…. [ Keep reading ]